Mercedes-Benz W154 Silver Arrows

Silver Arrows at the Goodwood Revival 2012

Silver Arrows at the 2012 Goodwood Revival – Auto Union Type A, 1934

Originally manufactured in 1934, the Auto Union Type A was designed by Ferdinand Porsche. It had a 4.4-litre V16 engine that sat behind the driver in order to capitalize on weight distribution.

During the 1934 Avus race, the new Auto Union racing cars put up a most impressive show. Even during practice, Hans Stuck’s average lap speed of 245 km/h had made it clear who was the fastest contender. Although the race itself was held in heavy rain, Auto Union outpaced the other entrants. By the tenth lap, Stuck had built up a whole minute’s lead over his nearest rivals – but then a fault developed.

Though the Type A would become successful in breaking three world records, its speed was inferior to the front-engine design of its rival, Mercedes-Benz. Thus, Ferdinand Porsche was forced to redesign the Silver Arrow with a speed increase as the highest priority.

Auto Union Type A Silver Arrows
Auto Union Type A Silver Arrows (photo: Tim Scott)
Auto Union Type A Silver Arrows
Auto Union Type A Silver Arrows and Mercedes-Benz W 25 (photo: Tim Scott)
Auto Union Type A Silver Arrows
Auto Union Type A Silver Arrows (photo: Tim Scott)
Auto Union Type A Silver Arrows
Auto Union Type A Silver Arrows (photo: Tim Scott)
Auto Union Type A
German Hillclimb Championship, Schauinsland, 1934: Winner Hans Stuck with the Auto Union Type A 16-cylinder racing car (photo: Audi AG)
Auto Union Type A Silver Arrows
Auto Union Type A Silver Arrows (photo: Julien Mahiels)
Auto Union Type A Silver Arrows
Auto Union Type A Silver Arrows (photo: Julien Mahiels)

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  1. As David Hinshaw says, “Great photo gallery and history of these awesome machines. Thanks to all involved for putting this together!” Good also to see Stuck (senior!) in hill-climbing and also Luigi Fagioli who always seemed to be overshadowed by Caracciola and Seaman in pre-war racing and by Fangio and Farina in 1950-1951. A driver who deserves to be remembered more than he is. An article for your site, maybe?